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November 17, 2013 10:54 AM U.S. military steps up typhoon aid in Philippines — Sunday A.M. Roundup

By Samuel Knight

*The U.S. and Britain are dispatching military units to the Philippines to assist in aid efforts after Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the country. Via CNN:

“Right now, the U.S. military capability is continuing to grow,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy told CNN on Sunday. “We need to get life-sustaining aid immediately out to the stricken population. Food, water, shelter, medicine — those are the basics.”
Kennedy said numerous aircraft — such a dozen C-130 cargo airplanes, more than a dozen MV-22 Ospreys and several dozen UH-60 helicopters — are being deployed.

*Francois Hollande is in Israel, where he pledged to maintain a hard line against Iran’s nuclear program during the next round of P5+1 negotiations. Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been crying wolf about Iran’s nuclear ambitions since 1992, called France “a true friend.”

*A drone crashed yesterday into a Navy ship off the coast of southern California, injuring two sailors. The UAV was being used to test, when it malfunctioned.

*Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf could stand trial for treason, according to current interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Khan said the government will ask the country’s supreme court to try the former military dictator under article of the constitution, for suspending the constitution and declaring a state of emergency in 2007. Via the Guardian:

Musharraf would be the first military ruler to be tried for treason in a country that has experienced three military coups in its 66-year history. He could face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.
Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.

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